During Nurses Month, we salute the vital work that nurses do every day

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This year, on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, National Nurses Month is celebrating the dedication of nurses in every interaction, every setting, every era, every day. Throughout May, CVS Health is also recognizing the thousands of nurses who work across our enterprise in this time of extraordinary challenge.

In honor of Nurses Month and in recognition of the vital work of nursing, CVS Health is making a $40,000 donation to Direct Relief to deliver protective gear and critical care medications to as many health care workers as possible.

Today, many nurses are found on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are contributing their expertise, experience and compassion behind the scenes. This includes some 10,000 nurses, nurse practitioners, LVNs and LPNs working for Aetna, MinuteClinic, CVS Caremark and Omnicare. All have been doing amazing work since COVID-19 began, including volunteering to oversee rapid testing in various areas or embracing new ways to treat patients during social distancing.

Sheryl Burke, Aetna Senior Vice President of Cross-Enterprise Strategic Innovation, recently praised nurses by saying, “You care for our customers and members like your own family through teaching, advocacy, listening and action. Your efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary and are well-deserving of our sincere gratitude.”

To learn more about the extraordinary work being done by our CVS Health nursing professionals, take a look at our Friday Pulse video recognizing Nurses Month. And please join us in celebrating nurses!

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter.

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Supporting our frontline workers during COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic our colleagues are on the front lines. They’re working in our CVS Pharmacy locations, call centers, warehouses and mail facilities. They’re caring for patients one-on-one in their homes and long-term care facilities.

To support them, tens of thousands of CVS Health employees are working behind the scenes to help them focus on serving our patients, members and colleagues. 

“Our purpose of helping people on their path to better health has never been more obvious than during this pandemic,” said Colleen McIntosh, senior vice president, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer.

Colleen’s team provides licensing support for CVS Health. They’re working through the pandemic to make sure “we can turn the lights on” in our stores.

“We are going to come out of this as a stronger, more collaborative, empathetic organization.” — Katie Long, Senior Director of Plan Sponsor Services at CVS Health
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Eileen Cook, a senior director in Learning and Development, works with nearly 500 colleagues spread out across the country. They’re remaining focused on orientation, onboarding and training — especially important as CVS Health is hiring 50,000 people in response to COVID-19.

In Plan Sponsor Services, Senior Director Katie Long oversees 300 colleagues. Some now are teleworking. Others are in the office working through social-distancing guidelines.

Despite the challenges, she remains positive.

“We are going to come out of this as a stronger, more collaborative, empathetic organization,” Katie says.

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Home care dietitians improve tube feeding patient outcomes

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Coram’s research highlights the critical role home care dietitians play in decreasing tube feeding intolerance and improving nutrition outcomes

Home-based health care continues to gain traction as an option for people living with a variety of chronic conditions. In fact, home infusion care can be a safe and cost-effective treatment alternative when compared to the same care provided in an in-patient or hospital setting. Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services (Coram) is leading the way in home infusion care and parenteral (intravenous) and enteral (tube feeding) nutrition with a team of skilled home care Registered Dietitians, who can address nutrition intolerance, assess adequacy of hydration in feeding regimens, and address associated patient questions.

To advance the knowledge of health care practitioners and improve care for patients, Coram is actively involved in home nutrition care research. This research includes evaluating the impact of transitioning nutrition care from the hospital to the home and the benefits of home-based parenteral and enteral nutrition in certain populations.

Coram dietitians Nicki Bray, MS, RD, LDN; Sarah Allen MS, RD, LDN; and Caitlin Wendecker, RD, CNSC, recently conducted research to evaluate the efficacy of home care dietitian recommendations in addressing reported enteral nutrition intolerances, and the critical role home care dietitians play in creating interventions to improve nutrition outcomes. They shared their findings in their abstract, Home Care Dietitian Intervention Effectiveness to Reported Intolerance.

When patients are sent home from the hospital with little additional support and potentially poor tolerance to tube feedings, their outlook and compliance with their home tube feeding regimen may be impacted. Identifying and effectively addressing intolerance will increase a patient’s compliance and improve nutrition outcomes.

Coram conducted a retrospective review of adult patient records that reported intolerance within 48 hours of start of care. This retrospective review supported the important role of home care dietitians in evaluating and managing tube feeding intolerance, with dietitian interventions effective for 72% of patients by day 30 and 91% of patients by day 60. Without appropriate intervention by a dietitian, patients may be at risk for poor nutrition outcomes such as gastrointestinal distress, malnutrition, weight loss or underfeeding.

Home enteral nutrition patients are also at increased risk for dehydration due to inadequate fluid administration, and Coram dietitians explored this in an additional abstract, Adequacy of Flushing Orders in Home Enteral Nutrition Patients, by Katrina Sesler, MS, RD, CNSC; Rebecca Caldwell, MS, RD, LDN; and Laura Kashtan, RD, which reviewed patients’ water flushing orders at discharge from facility to home care. From a retrospective chart review of adult patients, Coram dietitians noted that discharge flush orders are missing or are inadequate for a considerable number of home enteral nutrition patients. Individualized recommendations and early patient contact by a dietitian may be important to prevent dehydration in these patients.

Early intervention by home care dietitians can help patients address tube feeding intolerance, assess hydration levels, improve therapy compliance and address patient questions and concerns. This support can help improve patient outcomes, potentially preventing hospital readmission at a time when hospital resources are stretched due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 admissions. Measures to help patients remain home and avoid hospital readmission are always valuable, but today they are critical.

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CVS Health announces additional COVID-19 resources focused on patient access

CVS Health announces additional COVID-19 resources focused on patient access
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Latest enhancements will help prevent interruption of medication availability

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is taking additional steps across the company to address the COVID-19 outbreak and protect patient access to medication.

"Being committed to the welfare of those we serve means being responsive to evolving needs and acting swiftly. This is particularly true in times of uncertainty," said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. "The latest steps we're taking will help ensure patients of all ages have every option available to them when it comes to filling prescriptions."

Beginning immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications to stay at home as much as possible, this is a convenient option to avoid coming to the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.

Building on a recent announcement that COVID-19 diagnostic testing and all telemedicine visits are available with no co-pay, Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members and is working with state governments to make the same option available to Medicaid members where allowable. Self-funded plan sponsors will also have the ability to offer this option. In addition, Aetna will waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark.

Caremark is working with all clients to waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications. Most Caremark clients already offer a 90-day benefit for maintenance medications and the option of home delivery from CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy with no delivery cost.

"When you're in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we'll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers," Brennan continued.

Through its frequently updated COVID-19 resource center, CVS Health is providing the latest information on precautions consumers should take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and who should seek medical attention. Anyone presenting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company in the world. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at http://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Kidney Care, Satellite Healthcare enter strategic relationship to advance the care of patients with kidney disease

CVS Kidney Care, Satellite Healthcare enter strategic relationship to advance the care of patients with kidney disease
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SAN JOSE, Calif. CVS Kidney Care, a CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) company, and Satellite Healthcare today announced a strategic relationship to advance the care of patients with kidney disease. CVS Kidney Care and Satellite Healthcare will collaborate to provide comprehensive kidney care, and to expand awareness of and access to transplantation and in-home dialysis initially in two locations, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

"We have known for many years that more frequent, longer dialysis improves patient outcomes. Realistically this can only be done in the home. Our relationship with Satellite Healthcare will help us make this option a reality for more patients," said Alan Lotvin, M.D., Executive Vice President CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark. "We anticipate expanding this strategic relationship over time, as people with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal failure need earlier intervention and better options than they have today."

Satellite Healthcare is among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services. It was the first health organization to launch comprehensive support for the entire spectrum of home self-care dialysis treatments. Together, the two companies will focus on increasing transplantation and the use of home therapies and will engage patients, payors, and physicians in these efforts. Ascend Clinical, the leading provider of clinical laboratory testing services to the dialysis community, was chosen to provide laboratory testing for CVS Kidney Care as part of this relationship.

"Satellite Healthcare has a long, rich history of delivering high-quality care for kidney patients. Through this strategic relationship with CVS Kidney Care, we will be able to educate patients earlier to delay disease progression, increase understanding of treatment options and offer our services to more patients. This is a win-win for the kidney community," said Rick Barnett, President & CEO, Satellite Healthcare.

CVS Health launched CVS Kidney Care to address the needs of patients at all points in their journey with a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, home dialysis services that the company is announcing today, and eventually pending successful completion of a clinical trial and the receipt of regulatory approval a new home hemodialysis device.

"Two years ago, we launched a strategic plan to transform kidney care," said Kari Holloway, General Manager, CVS Kidney Care. "Partnering with an organization known for delivering the highest standard of quality care represents the next phase in that plan. Combined with our care management services and future hemodialysis technology advancements, we are helping to guide the health care system from an overreliance on in-center dialysis to treatment delivered in the convenience of a patient's home."

In addition to the 37 million Americans who have kidney disease, nearly 700,000 have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Of those with ESRD, more than 500,000 are on active dialysis and more than 120,000 new ESRD cases are diagnosed each year. Financially, this disease represents a significant burden. Medicare spending for all beneficiaries who had CKD exceeded $84 billion in 2017. When adding an additional $36 billion for ESRD costs, total Medicare spending on both CKD and ESRD was over $120 billion, representing 33.8% of total Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) spending. Despite this high level of spending, outcomes for dialysis patients are poor, with one in six dialysis patients dying in the first year after starting treatment.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company in the world. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at http://www.cvshealth.com.

About Satellite Healthcare

Satellite Healthcare, Inc., has been among the nation's leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974. Through its affiliated services, Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis, and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services, and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney programs nationwide. Satellite Healthcare is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life. For more information, visit satellitehealth.com.

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CVS Health Applauds Introduction of Key Legislation Ensuring Kidney Transplant Patients Can Maintain Medicare Coverage of Immunosuppressive Drugs

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 in the United States Congress:

Tens of thousands of people in the United States have kidney transplants each year and taking immunosuppressant medications is key to the success of each patient’s journey. Unfortunately, when kidney patients are without health coverage, they too often stop taking these medications and in turn, redevelop kidney failure.  CVS Health applauds reintroduction of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019, legislation that ensures kidney transplant patients can maintain access to Medicare Part B coverage for immunosuppressant drugs after it currently expires, if no other coverage is available.
 
As a company committed to patient-centric and clinically-optimal kidney care, we support policies like these that have the potential to improve the lives of kidney disease patients. CVS Health is focused on reshaping the patient experience through CVS Kidney Care and will continue to advance new kidney disease management programs while also developing new technologies to treat kidney failure. We applaud Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Ron Kind (D-WI) for championing this important legislation.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has approximately 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 102 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Supporting the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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This World AIDS Day, CVS Health is recognizing the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help further reduce the spread of the HIV virus.

Reducing transmission of HIV

Currently, there are an estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, and approximately 38,000 people diagnosed annually. Scientific advances over the past few decades have changed the paradigm for the prevention and treatment of the disease. For example, an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence and can now be effectively managed through maintenance medications. In addition, more recent medical breakthroughs have brought to market pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications that can prevent at-risk populations, including those who could contract the virus through sexual contact or drug use, from ever getting HIV.

HHS estimates that more than one million people in the U.S. could benefit from taking PrEP medication, however only 100,000 actually have a prescription. That is why CVS Health is teaming up with HHS to help make PrEP medication more accessible and affordable through a new HHS program called Ready, Set, PrEP, which is a key component of the Ending the HIV Epidemic In America initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent over the next 10 years.

How it works

The HHS Ready, Set, PrEP program provides at-risk and HIV-negative individuals who do not have prescription drug coverage access to PrEP medication at no cost.  In addition, the program is providing education and awareness materials to help individuals gain more information about PrEP and learn how to access the Ready, Set, PrEP program. Once approved, and with a valid PrEP prescription from a health care provider, individuals can fill the medication at a participating pharmacy, including CVS Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy Specialty Services locations or by mail. CVS Health has donated prescription dispensing services to HHS as part of Ready, Set, PrEP program. Those interested can learn more about Ready, Set, PrEP and apply online at GetYourPrep.com or calling toll-free 855-447-8410.

CVS Health has donated prescription dispensing services to HHS as part of Ready, Set, PrEP program. Those interested can learn more about Ready, Set, PrEP and apply online at GetYourPrep.com.
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This is one more way that CVS Health is working to prevent the spread of HIV and help those living with HIV better manage the virus and prevent disease progression.

This includes an ongoing partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help Act Against AIDS, which brings mobile HIV screening and testing services to CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country.

In addition, through the CVS Specialty HIV Care Management program, patients can receive whole-patient management and support from nurses specially trained in HIV care.Nurse support is available to CVS Caremark members whose plans including Accordant Care Management (including CareTeam Choice or CareTeam Advanced) Comprehensive, continuous care can help promote medication adherence, improve outcomes, and reduce overall health costs. Further, at several CVS Pharmacy Specialty Services locations in New York City, HIV patients can receive proactive outreach to improve adherence to and management of HIV medications. This includes face-to-face counseling and/or telephonic outreach for all new-to-therapy patients; refill reminders; and additional co-morbidity and financial support and assistance, as appropriate.

Across CVS Health, we help support the HIV/AIDS community every day. Through high-touch support, screening and care management services, we help those who are at at-risk for or living with HIV/AIDS on their path to better health.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter.

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CVS Health Teams Up with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Support the Fight Against HIV

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New initiative makes preventative PrEP medications more accessible and affordable to uninsured populations

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health today joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the fight against HIV, which coincides with the launch of a new HHS initiative called Ready, Set, PrEP, a critical component of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in America Initiative. With CVS Health as one of the first participating pharmacies donating medication dispensing services to HHS, the Ready, Set, PrEP program will provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication at no cost to eligible individuals. In addition, Ready, Set, PrEP has launched a robust communication campaign aimed at educating individuals about PrEP and making them aware of this key program. HIV-negative individuals who are at-risk for contracting the virus but do not have prescription drug coverage may qualify for the Ready, Set, PrEP program, and if approved, can fill the medication at CVS Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy Specialty Services locations or by mail with a valid prescription. Ready, Set, PrEP aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent over the next ten years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million people in the U.S. are currently living with HIV and there are approximately 38,000 new HIV cases annually. In addition, HHS estimates that more than 1 million people in the U.S. could benefit from taking PrEP medications that are highly effective in reducing an individual’s risk of acquiring HIV, but only a small fraction are currently prescribed. With 76% of the U.S. living within five miles of a CVS Pharmacy, this partnership greatly increases local access to the life-saving benefits of the medication.

“As a part of our enterprise commitment to help people on their path to better health, CVS Health is dedicated to improving the lives of those at-risk and those living with HIV and other chronic conditions,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “As a community health partner at the local level, a critical part of the role we play is leveraging our national network of neighborhood retail locations to do all we can to support proactive health and wellness in the communities we serve. Increasing access to PrEP medications for the under-insured is something we are honored to partner with HHS to help make a reality.”

While a multitude of social, economic and demographic factors impact HIV transmission rates throughout the U.S., data often shows low-income individuals, minorities (specifically African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos) and LGBTQ+ populations are among the most vulnerable to HIV. This initiative, in addition to programs like Project Health that bring free health screenings to neighborhoods around the country, is the latest example of CVS Health’s efforts to provide access to affordable health care services to underserved communities at the local level, building on the company’s commitment to non-discrimination, quality health care and respect for the dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, race, sex, gender expression, socioeconomic status, disability or any other factor.

In addition to partnering on the Ready, Set, PrEP initiative, CVS Health also has an ongoing partnership with the CDC to help Act Against AIDS, by providing mobile HIV screening and testing services at CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country. The CVS Specialty HIV Care Management program also helps HIV-positive patients receive comprehensive and continuous whole-patient management and support from nurses specially trained in HIV care. CVS Specialty HIV advocates also help support those living with the virus, and each year, sponsor various PRIDE celebrations and provide information at the events about CVS Health HIV testing and treatment services.

To qualify for Ready, Set, PrEP, individuals must test negative for HIV, have a valid PrEP prescription from a health care provider, and not have prescription drug coverage. From there, individuals can fill the medication at any pharmacy of choice, including CVS Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy Specialty Services locations or by mail. To apply online, visit GetYourPrep.com or call toll-free 855-447-8410. Once approved and with a valid prescription, locate your nearest CVS Pharmacy, visit CVS.com/store-locator.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has approximately 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 102 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Coram Nurses Help Teen Bike across the Country

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Andrew leaving Boston for his cross-country bike trip.
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Coram nurse Melissa Rupert infuses Andrew in Oklahoma City during his trip.

Coram, a CVS specialty business, provides high-quality infusion and tube-feeding care to patients where they live, work and travel. So when 17-year-old Andrew had an opportunity to go on a six-week cycling, cross-country adventure this past summer, his parents knew the Coram nursing team could help.

Andrew has Gaucher disease and receives enzyme replacement home infusions every 2 to 3 weeks. His trip would leave from Massachusetts in June and not return until early August, so he would require infusions along the route. His parents and medical team mapped out the trip and planned for infusions in Oklahoma City and Santa Monica, CA.

Coram nurses worked with Andrew’s primary care team at Boston’s Children’s Hospital to secure connections in the other states who would be willing to help. He needed an in-state physician to write the nursing orders, and a Coram nurse to meet him at a hotel for the infusion. The Coram Oklahoma City and Los Angeles branches ensured Andrew received the specialized care he needed.

Gaucher disease is a rare genetic enzyme deficiency disorder that affects 10,000 to 20,000 Americans, and can largely be controlled with enzyme replacement. Patients experience anemia, low platelet counts, severely enlarged liver and spleen, and bone disease.

Coram’s Vast Nurse Network

“The benefit of working with Coram is that we have more than 38 years of experience providing infusion services to patients,” said Julie Scaramuzzi, Nurse Manager, Infusion. “We meet patients where they are, and Coram has 73 ambulatory infusion suites across the country. Our team helps patients prepare the paperwork to bring liquids through airport security, and secure a nurse and location for the treatment,” she said. Coram has more than 2,000 clinicians who provide care to nearly 200,000 patients annually for a range of complex conditions including immune deficiencies, neurological disorders, digestive diseases and serious infections.

Andrew’s mom, Heidi, connected with Coram to pick up the medication near her home, and with the paperwork in order, boarded planes to Oklahoma and California. She met Andrew and the nurses in the hotels, and Andrew successfully received his treatments on the road. He was able to stay with his biking group for the entire trip.

Julie said “Andrew proves that patients who home-infuse are no longer home-bound. Our team works with many patients who travel for business or even just to see family for the holidays. Our network of nurses is vast and we are able to meet patients where they are, when they need their treatment.”

The Accordant Team Approach for Gaucher Patients

In addition to care from Coram clinicians and nurses, Accordant offers support for members with rare conditions, such as Gaucher disease, through targeted interventions designed to meet each patient’s unique needs.

“The specialized care team is composed of registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and a medical director – all backed by a medical advisory board,” Ahmed F. Hassan, Vice President and General Manager, Accordant. “These skilled practitioners set mutually agreed-upon health goals with the patient, discuss symptom management, explain proper use of medications, and even deal with resource issues such as lack of transportation to doctors’ appointments or cost of care.”

The more than 30 physicians on Accordant’s medical advisory board are available to the Accordant team to discuss complex situations and offer insights into care approaches that the nurse may use in supporting the patient. And, all of the team’s care is grounded in the latest evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter

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By the Numbers: Improving Diabetes Care

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Diabetes is a costly and complex disease that burdens patients and the broader health care system. Today, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes and estimates show that medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people who don’t have diabetes.https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html

In honor of American Diabetes Month, CVS Health recently partnered with Morning Consult to conduct a survey to better understand how people living with diabetes and the providers who deliver diabetes care are grappling with the disease. We also examined what tools and solutions would be most impactful in improving diabetes care.

Among both people living with diabetes and providers, there is a desire to expand access to care locally, better manage and predict out-of-pocket costs and provide additional lifestyle support.

Expanding Access to Diabetes Care

Managing diabetes can be extremely time-consuming and complicated. Oftentimes, patients must visit different sites of care, facilitate multiple annual exams and communicate with various providers across their care team. The survey revealed that both people living with diabetes and providers believe the health care system could do more to expand access to diabetes care and services. For example:

  • A majority (64 percent) of people living with diabetes are not aware of extended hours for diabetes support, while 61 percent of providers do not offer extended hours.

  • The vast majority of people living with diabetes (89 percent) and providers (98 percent) believe that being able to receive testing and exams for diabetes in a single location would be beneficial.

  • Just 18 percent of diabetes patients see their primary care provider once or more a month, while 37 percent report that they see their primary care provider every two to three months and 35 percent report that they see their provider every four to six months.

This is where CVS Health is making a difference. Today, 71 percent of Americans live within five miles of a CVS retail location. And people come to their pharmacy frequently: Whereas a patient with diabetes might only see his or her physician four to five times a year, they will likely see their pharmacist as many as 18–24 times in the same year.

Through these touchpoints to care, we are expanding access to diabetes care locally. For example, our HealthHUB model provides a new, first-of-its-kind community-based store that offer a broader range of health services, new product categories, digital and on-demand health tools and trusted advice. In these locations, people living with diabetes are able to receive the coordinated care and services they need all within our own four walls.

Addressing Diabetes Costs

Cost is top of mind for both people living with diabetes and providers — and there is uncertainty on how to predict the out-of-pocket costs associated with diabetes management. When asked about managing diabetes, nearly half (47 percent) of providers do not feel they have the resources they need to predict out-of-pocket costs for their patients’ diabetes medications. On the other hand, nearly one-third of patients (32 percent) do not feel they have the resources they need to predict their own out-of-pocket costs.

CVS Health is working to expand visibility into drug cost information across multiple points of care. Through our real-time benefits program, we’re providing tools to doctors so they can see what a medicine is going to cost, and recommend lower-cost, clinically appropriate options to the patient. We’ve also pioneered digital tools, including the Rx Savings Finder, which helps our retail pharmacists find patients savings when they do reach the pharmacy counter.

Improving Disease and Lifestyle Management

People living with diabetes and providers would benefit from enhanced lifestyle support to better manage the disease, including nutritional counseling and access to public transportation. For example:

  • People living with diabetes (58 percent) and providers (80 percent) both report they are likely to utilize nutritional counseling services to help manage their diabetes.

  • Access to public transportation is seen as a barrier among both patients and providers. For example, people living with diabetes (27 percent) and providers (29 percent) rank access to public transportation as poor in their community.

CVS Health offers programs to provide people living with diabetes with personalized support when and where they need it — whether it be in the community, in the home or in the palm of their hand.

For example, our Transform Diabetes Care includes personalized pharmacist counseling and the support of a diabetes coach to help ensure members stay adherent to their care plans. Additionally, through our Pharmacy Advisor program, our members can get one-on-one counseling from pharmacists either in-person at a CVS pharmacy location, or through our URAC-accredited call center.

To learn more about our enterprise-wide approach to diabetes management and care, visit our Managing Diabetes with CVS Health page.

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